Minneapolis: On the third night of the arson, robbery and vandalism of ethnic protesters in Minneapolis, the protesters were furious at the death of an unarmed black man because a white police officer was arrested Lie down and kneel.
The latest unrest in Minnesota ’s largest city was largely unchecked on Thursday night, and the mayor ordered a retreat from where the tactical police retreated.
The National Guard troops convened by the governor earlier that day remained low-key. After the riots caused by the death of George Floyd two nights before Monday, Governor Tim Walz ordered the guard to keep peace.
In a late-night Twitter message, President Donald Trump stated that if the “weak” mayor fails to restore order, he will send National Guard troops to “get the job done properly”, which indicates that lethal force may be required.
“Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump wrote.
The 46-year-old Floyd was arrested and filmed by a bystander’s cell phone videotape. The videotape spread the virus and showed a police officer officer loyal to press his knee into Freud’s neck: “Please, I can’t breathe.”
Four police officers suspected of arresting Floyd were expelled on Tuesday. They were accused of trying to transfer counterfeit money in a corner store, but the turmoil has not weakened.
Sympathetic protests broke out in Los Angeles and Denver on Wednesday, and highway traffic in both cities was blocked. In Phoenix, protesters confronted the police in the riot gear of the city government and held a rally at the Arizona State Capitol.
The riots in Minneapolis on Thursday night also spread to the state capital of St. Paul, where there was fire and vandalism.
In stark contrast to Wednesday night, when stone-throwing demonstrators clashed with the riot police, Minneapolis ’law enforcement department was near the epicenter of the riots on Thursday-District 3 police station, and most people turned a blind eye.
The protesters gathered outside the building were briefly evacuated by the tear gas of the police and the rubber bullets that shot them from the roof, but only regrouped and finally attacked the building. The police set fire to the building when they evacuated.
Members of the National Guard and the fire department were absent. Later, protesters were observed on the roof, and hundreds of people wandered around the building for several hours, using large pieces of plywood and other debris to burn the flame.
At a news conference on Friday morning, Mayor Jacob Frey defended “the threat of evacuation from police stations and public places”.
Asked by reporters if he had a response to Trump’s tweet, Frey said: “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your own finger at a time of crisis.”
“Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell,” he said.
The Minnesota National Guard stated that 500 soldiers have been activated in the Greater Minneapolis area, mainly to provide security for firefighters.
The mayor said many people have been stationed around the city to help police prevent robbing banks, grocery stores, pharmacies and other important places during the coronavirus pandemic.
Several other buildings and a car were burned down, and the robbers plundered several businesses, including a liquor store and nearby discount store, which were looted the night before. Fire officials said 16 buildings were burned on Wednesday night.
Before the turmoil occurred, law enforcement officers worked together to alleviate tension by promising justice for Freud.
The Floyd case was reminiscent of the 2014 killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in New York City who died after being put in a banned police chokehold as he, too, was heard to mutter, “I can’t breathe.”
Garner’s dying words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement that formed amid a wave of killings of African-Americans by police.
At a peaceful daytime rally and march on Thursday around a county government center in Minneapolis, protesters pressed their demands for the four policemen to be arrested and charged.
“We’re not asking for a favor. We’re asking for what is right,” civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton said as he addressed the crowd.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo publicly apologized to Floyd’s family on Thursday morning, conceding his department had contributed to a “deficit of hope” in Minneapolis.
Investigators and prosecutors responsible for overseeing the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Minnesota Criminal Arrest Bureau called for calm and demanded a thorough investigation.
Floyd is a Houstonian who worked as a security guard in a nightclub. An employee who called the police said the suspect appeared to be drunk, according to the official transcript of the phone.